Friday, December 23, 2016

Wanchai to Aberdeen via Wanchai gap road

2.25 hour (6 km), 3-4 if you want to explore the urban part and museum

Difficulty: 6.5/10

Cel phone coverage: Everywhere

Water needs: 0.5 liter

Appreciation: 8/10. Some historical urban exploration. Some views. Nice police museum

Transportation: Wanchai MTR exit A3. Return via any number of buses in Aberdeen. And, actually, via the Wong Chuk Hang MTR station, starting Dec 28th, 2016

Why it's worth it:
Get out at Exit A3, from Wan Chai MTR station

Go straight across Johnston Road, onto Toy Street, aka Tai Yuen Street (太原街).
Spend some time exploring the various toy stores, with classic, and modern kid-pleasers.
Once done, keep going on Tai Yuen until you reach Queen's Road

You will see the old post-office. Take Wan Chai gap road, immediately on the left of the post-office (now is the Environmental Resource Center)

Cross Kennedy Road and take the stairs up. A bit of a steeper climb at this point

You'll reach Bowen Road Park. Take a little break and admire this quaint little park

Then resume your climb toward Wanchai gap, still via Wan Chai Gap Road

You'll reach this point, Wan Chai gap proper. With its eponymous park. The Police Museum is on the right. Worth a detour

The police museum. It is free. Once you are done visiting, retrace your steps to the park.

Then take Aberdeen Reservoir Road

About 500m to the upper reservoir, another 150m to the lower reservoir

Almost done

Descending towards Aberdeen. Tons of buses to wherever you want to go. And MTR!
But, before you leave, try some local food at one of the Cha Chaan Teng

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